Conversation Starters: Your Kingdom Come

If you missed Sunday January 26th’s message, “The Lord’s Prayer: Hallowed Be Your Name”, you can watch or listen to it online by clicking here. In your Home Church, use as many or as few of these discussion questions as you need to in order to start a good conversation:

  • Pray together to open things up, concluding with The Lord’s Prayer.
  • Tonight’s discussion is about the second petition and the third line in the Lord’s Prayer,  “Your Kingdom Come“. How have you understood this line coming in to tonight’s discussion? What do you think the Kingdom of God is?
  • What are some common misunderstandings/misconceptions about The Kingdom of God? How has the church, at times, limited its understanding of the Kingdom?
  • Read Mark 1:15 and Matthew 4:17. What is significant about these two passages? What do they show us about the theme of Jesus’ message and ministry? Why does this matter so much? How have we sometimes misunderstood Jesus’ message?
  • John Ortberg defines the Kingdom of God like this: “It is the range of God’s effective will. It is wherever God’s will is done.” What is your reaction to this definition? What are some of the implications of this for us, for the church, and for our world?
  • In light of this, Jeff talked about how praying “YOUR Kingdom Come” could be considered a Prayer of SURRENDER; Surrendering our ‘Kingdom’ to God (the range of OUR effective will), and declaring Jesus as King (King of King’s, Lord of Lord’s). Why is it important to prayer this prayer as a prayer of surrender daily? In what ways do you sometimes forget and wander away from a surrendered life?
  • Praying “Your Kingdom COME” could also be considered a Prayer of Mission. Read Matthew 28:18-20. What is the mission of God in our world today? What is our role in it?
  • Praying “Your Kingdom Come” is also a prayer for Christ to return and make all things new (Marantha!). Why is it important for us to pray for the Lord’s return?
  • Jeff shared some other ways to pray “Your Kingdom Come”. Which ones resonate with you? Why?
    • I surrender to you, Jesus, as my one true King.
    • Show me ways I can grow your kingdom in my community.
    • Would your church more fully embody attributes of the Kingdom of God.
    • Bring unity to your church.
    • May the justice of your kingdom break into the situations of oppression around me.
    • May the lives of your people reflect your kingdom life, that we may give light, like a city on the hill.
    • Awaken a fresh, authentic longing for your return – come, Lord Jesus.
    • Help us to lay down our desire for power and position and to follow you into servanthood.
    • Empower us to make disciples who will be conduits of healing, redemption, freedom and transformation.
  • What is one way you can partner with God to bring us Kingdom this week? What does this look like for you in this season of life?
  • Spend some time in prayer, praying “Your Kingdom Come” in whatever way most resonates with each person.